Goodbye...for now

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Goodbye...for now

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:01 pm

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Hi everyone,

I'm flying to Myanmar this evening and I will be there until after the first week in January. I'll be attending a retreat and then on Yatra.
Thanks to all my dhamma friends for their companionship and wise counsel and my family for the sacrifices they have made so I can go.
I hope to see you back online from 9/10 January. May you all continue to walk on the path.
with metta,

Ben
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby bodom » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:04 pm

Best wishes to you Ben!!!

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby Moggalana » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:21 pm

May you have an enlightening stay, Ben :anjali:
Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby cooran » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:31 pm

Have a productive and enjoyable time, Ben. You'll be sorely missed. :group:

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Postby Annapurna » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:57 pm

All the best to you, Ben.
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Postby retrofuturist » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:16 pm

:meditate:

Best wishes Ben.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby octathlon » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:19 pm

Hi Ben,

That's a great picture.

Hope you have a wonderful time!
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Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:46 pm

What a beautiful picture of that temple! And to think you will get to see the real thing soon! Fantastic!

Hope it goes well and is enlightening.

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby Kim OHara » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:42 pm

Best wishes, Ben.
I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience.
:namaste:
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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby appicchato » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:56 pm

Enjoy friend... :thumbsup:

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Postby Luke » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:57 pm

Wow, that temple looks awesome!

May you stay safe and healthy.

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby alan » Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:23 am

Good luck Ben, show us some pictures when you return!

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Postby Hoo » Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:27 am

Best wishes, Ben.

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Postby mikenz66 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:24 am

Best Wishes, Ben,

:anjali:

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Postby Individual » Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:44 am

Ben wrote:
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Hi everyone,

I'm flying to Myanmar this evening and I will be there until after the first week in January. I'll be attending a retreat and then on Yatra.
Thanks to all my dhamma friends for their companionship and wise counsel and my family for the sacrifices they have made so I can go.
I hope to see you back online from 9/10 January. May you all continue to walk on the path.
with metta,

Ben


Have a safe and worthwhile trip. Eat well, sleep well, and avoid malaria. Also: Never stop meditating!!!
The best things in life aren't things.

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:56 am

Ben wrote:
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Hi everyone,

I'm flying to Myanmar this evening and I will be there until after the first week in January. I'll be attending a retreat and then on Yatra.
Thanks to all my dhamma friends for their companionship and wise counsel and my family for the sacrifices they have made so I can go.
I hope to see you back online from 9/10 January. May you all continue to walk on the path.
with metta,

Ben


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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby Dan74 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:06 am

May your trip be fruitful, Ben!
_/|\_

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby Guy » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:26 am

I wish you all the best on your trip, Ben.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby Hanzze » Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:34 pm

_/\_
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Postby christopher::: » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:57 am

:thumbsup:
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009


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